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This #DearMe Letter is straight from the editor in chief of  Lauren Dimet Waters, and accordingly it's full of excellent style advice and inspiration. You might want to borrow her goals for yourself!

Dear Me, 

Happy New Year! I never make resolutions because let’s be honest, they are destined to fail. Ever seen a gym in mid-February? It’s pretty empty. Therefore I try to make “goals.” One goal for an improved ME is to find the positive in every situation I can. I come from a family where my mother sees everything negatively and my Dad saw everything through rose colored glasses. I am trying to be more like my father even though I have a propensity for going down a negative rabbit hole once one thing goes wrong just like my mother. I digress. Since I focus on and write mostly about fashion and beauty I will try to keep my positive changes for this post along those lines.

I learned in 2016 I buy too much black. My closet looks like I am in mourning. Then again I live in NYC so that is not uncommon. One of my goals for 2017 is to add some color into my wardrobe. In fact I just bought a light blue cashmere sweater because I really don’t need ten black ones. So #DearMe, I will not buy black in 2017 (except for shoes). I am going to seriously try to opt for the color version of what I add to my wardrobe, besides it will most likely go with the black items I already own.

Secondly, I will try not to buy low quality items and buy more investment pieces in 2017. I realized in 2016 I wasted a lot of money in H&M, Zara and the like. Don’t get me wrong, I love those stores, but I normally buy designer items and pepper in the more trendy items I know I will only wear one season from fast retailers. I spent just as much money in 2016 as I usually do every year but looking through my closet I noticed I went for quantity instead of quality which is not my usual MO. I’m a firm believer in mi high-end with low-end. In 2017 I will add more high-end items even if I don’t buy as much. The higher end items tend to last several seasons so the cost per wear is actually less. Therefore I will actually save money in the long run.

Lastly, in late 2016 I made a huge life changing beauty and skincare discovery. I learned I’m allergic to a slew of preservatives and additives found in more products than I ever imagined ( what I wrote about that). I had to toss out a ton of my favorite makeup and skincare items and start relearning everything I know about anti-aging beauty. So my goal for 2017 is to become a natural/green/vegan or whatever you want to call it, beauty expert. I spent so much time focusing on what I was putting into my body in 2016, I didn’t really give a second thought to what I was applying to my skin.Screen Shot 2017-01-08 at 3.17.03 PM

#DearMe I think these changes in mind, body and fashion will make for a better 2017. Here’s to hoping.

Lauren Dimet Waters

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